Jamie Dubberly, influential jazz trombonist, composer, arranger, and educator will be leading a concert with members of his ensemble the Orquesta Dharma at the Carnegie Arts Center in Turlock on Tuesday.
Since moving to the Bay Area in 2004, Dubberly has established a reputation as a top trombonist in the local jazz, Latin, and classical music scenes. A versatile performer and arranger, Dubberly formed Orquesta Dharma in 2008 to record some original afro-Cuban jazz material. Three years later, the album “Road Warrior” emerged from a few studio sessions, and the band continued to develop a highly distinctive sound.
The cast of collaborators has been a key in the success of the group. Dubberly selects top level musicians that he has worked with in ensembles around San Francisco, all of whom bring a high level of musicianship and experience to the music of Orquesta Dharma. The make-up of the group is fluid based on the needs of the music and venue.
Following the critical success of their debut album, Dubberly and company recently released “La Clave del Gumbo.” This album combines the rhythms and sounds of New Orleans brass bands (such as Rebirth Brass Band), with afro-Cuban jazz, salsa, and soul. Critical reaction has been overwhelmingly positive and the album appears in a "Best of 2014" list from NewGen Salsa magazine.
Dubberly, who is currently a visiting faculty member in the Jazz Studies Program at CSU Stanislaus, plans to bring a combination of performers who played on Orquesta Dharma’s two studio albums, taking into consideration the intimate nature of the Carnegie Arts Center’s performing arts space.
“The percussion should be especially exciting in our loft,” says Lisa McDermott, Carnegie Arts Center Director. “We are expecting an ensemble of six or more musicians and – based on what you can hear on Jamie’s albums – it will be a lively sound. We plan to leave space open for anyone who wants to dance the salsa!”
The concert is at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Tickets are $8 general admission and $5 for Carnegie Arts Center members. The show is free for CSU Stanislaus students with id. For tickets visit www.carnegieartsturlock.org.